Someone dies from suicide every 40 seconds.
Last September, data from the ONS revealed that suicide rates in England and Wales had hit a two-decade high, with men accounting for almost three-quarters of suicide deaths registered in 2019.
Research from the Mental Health Foundation suggests that Black people are more likely to be diagnosed with severe mental illness than any other ethnicity in the UK.
They are also more likely to encounter inpatient mental health services and to be detained under the Mental Health Act than white people.
According to British GQ, Black men’s mental health is the next pandemic.
What goes on behind the camera is just as important for us as what is happening in front of it. We are incredibly proud to have worked with a dedicated mental health and wellbeing co-ordinator who was attached to the film and on set every day.
This is part of our absolute dedication to overhauling the way we see mental health in the media - and particularly Black mental health - and also the way we treat it behind the scenes.
Fifty-Four Days is made in partnership with Papyrus, the national charity for the prevention of young suicide.